Our mountain biking team takes full advantage of our 30 km of trails, including a technical, single track mountain biking course.
We offer jazz, chamber music, and vocal ensembles, as well as electronic music, theory and composition, and private lessons.
Our on-campus ski hill features a rope tow, a terrain park, and snow making. Our students also ski and snowboard at Okemo Mountain, named the best Vermont ski area in 2016.
Our shows draw crowds! We stage full productions in the fall and spring. We also put on a 24-hour play festival and a black box production. Our theater tech program gives students hands-on experience with set design, lighting, sound, and costumes.
'Vermont Academy has... proven to be a program that can attract highly talented individual players and then mold them into cohesive units capable of competing at the highest levels of prep school basketball. They are well coached, always disciplined and taught to play the game the right way.' --Adam Finkelstein of ESPN
Through our MAPS program, advisors help students to chart their futures. The end goal is not only a great college experience but a happy, healthy life of discovery and growth.
We are a small community where every student is known and cared for. Roommates, dorm mates, and dorm parents become a second family.
- Here, students are free to unfurl and be their true selves while they discover their best selves: puck-shooting painters, math whizzes-turned-thespians, fashion-designing equestrian chemists, all-AP snowboarding cellists.
- Vermont Academy is rooted in Vermont values: independence, ingenuity, resilience, sustainability, and a love of the outdoors.
- We are the boarding school for students who didn't think they would like boarding school.
- Students are encouraged to explore, to tinker, and to innovate.
- They benefit from a 6:1 student-faculty ratio, a robust advising program, top-notch learning skills support, and over 120 courses.
- Twenty-five percent of students are international, with 13 countries represented.
|Definition of Terms |
2017 School Data
|Vermont Academy||Boarding School Avg.|
|School Focus||College Prep||College Preparatory|
|Grades Offered||9-12, PG||9-12|
|Supports Learning Differences (LD)||Yes||Yes|
|Campus Size||450 acres||120 acres|
|Enrollment||230 students||300 students|
|% Students of Color|
|% International Students|
|% Students Boarding|
|Average SAT Score||1660||* National Avg. »View|
|Average ACT score||22||*National Avg. » View|
|Offers Post-Grad Year||Yes||No|
Academics and Faculty
|Frequency of Saturday Classes||Bi-Weekly||Weekly|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual||Casual|
|Average Class Size||10 students||12|
*National School Avg. » 20
|Teacher : Student Ratio||1:6||1:7|
|# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered||32||17|
|ESL Courses Offered||Yes||Yes|
|% Faculty with Advanced Degree|
|Summer Program Offered||Yes||Yes|
|Endowment Size||$7 million||$17 million|
|% Students on Financial Aid|
|Avg. Financial Aid Grant||$23,505||$22,700|
|Merit Scholarships Offered||No||No|
|Application Deadline||Feb. 1 / rolling||Jan. 15|
|Average Percentile SSAT||50%||-|
|Director of Admissions||David Hodgson|
|Associate Director of Admissions||Caitlin Wilkins|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
AP / Advanced Courses
|# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered||32||17|
|Courses||Advanced Russian, Advanced Topics in Mathematics, Algebra II (honors), AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Economics, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics I, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History, Biology (honors), Biotechnology/Bioethics, Chemistry (honors), Chinese 4, European History (honors), French 4/5, Geometry (honors), Physics (honors), Pre-Calculus (honors), Robotics: Advanced Topics in Control System Design, Robotics: Advanced Topics in Electrical System Design, Robotics: Advanced Topics in Java Programming, Robotics: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Systems Design, The Individual in Society (honors), World Literature (honors)|
|# Interscholastic Sports Offered||23||14|
|Sports||Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Crew, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Orienteering, Riding, Rock Climbing, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, Soccer, Tennis|
|Total Extracurricular Organizations||24||23|
|Extracurriculars||Club or Organization:|
Community Service Club, Dorm Prefects, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Kurn Hattin Groups, Literary Magazine, Mentoring (Elementary School), Multicultural Club, National Honor Society, Recycling, Soup Kitchen, Tour Guides, Vermont Academy Student Association (VASA), Video Drama, Work Program, Yearbook
Arts and Music Programs:
Arts Option, Dance Club, Photography
Recreational Athletic Programs:
Cycling Club, Outdoor Challenge, Rock Climbing, Team Managers, Theater, Training Room
|Year: 2011 - 2018||10 Most Popular College Choices (# Enrolled)|
|Hobart & William Smith Colleges||0|
|St. Lawrence University||0|
|University of Massachusetts, Amherst||0|
|University of Vermont||0|
|Link to Matriculation Data|
- Two and a half hours from Boston and four hours from New York, Vermont Academy is a place where students say that they feel free to express themselves, try new things, take risks, and grow. Our students thrive on a small campus that is truly a family, where their teachers and advisors become mentors, second parents, and role models. Our education is handcrafted to meet students' diverse needs and to follow where their creative and entrepreneurial spirits lead them.
- Located on 450 acres of hills and forests in southern Vermont, VA offers unparalleled outdoor opportunities, including hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, crew, and nearby skiing and snowboarding at some of New England`s best ski areas. Vermont Academy competes in the NEPSAC and Lakes Region leagues and offers over 20 sports, five playing fields, six tennis courts, and a hockey rink.
- One of the strengths of Vermont Academy is that its students embrace both the arts and athletics. We have students who are, for example, playing D1 basketball after successful seasons at Vermont Academy and who were also recognized as writers and artists, having earned accolades at the regional and state levels.
- Through our Global Programs, students have the opportunity to spend a trimester abroad in Spain, Chile, or China. Faculty members travel with students and teach courses abroad, creating a seamless academic experience while giving students invaluable cross-cultural exposure.
- Vermont Academy provides students with a transformative education--in the classroom and in the great Vermont outdoors--that prepares them to thrive in college and in life.
- LD types supported: Mild Learning Differences
- School accreditations: NEASC, NAIS, EMA, ISANNE, AISNE
- Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
- Joe Perry - Guitarist with the band Aerosmith
- Russell Porter - Founder of Stellaphane and designer of Mt. Palomar Observatory
- Paul Percy Harris - Founder of Rotary Club
- Jim McClaren - Recipient of ESPY award
- Florence Sabin - Medical pioneer and first female student at Johns Hopkins medical school
- Bruce Lawlor - Major General with the U.S. Army
- Mike Morin - U.S. ski team coach; coached Bodi Miller
- Lee Stanley - Film producer who works with troubled juveniles
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